Ex-reality show contestant says she was groped

Ms Zervos (right) telling her story, with lawyer Gloria Allred beside her, at a news conference in Los Angeles on Friday. She claimed that the incident occurred at Mr Trump's bungalow suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007.
Ms Zervos (right) telling her story, with lawyer Gloria Allred beside her, at a news conference in Los Angeles on Friday. She claimed that the incident occurred at Mr Trump's bungalow suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON • Ms Summer Zervos, a former contestant on the reality show, The Apprentice, accused Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of aggressively kissing her and groping her breast during a 2007 meeting to discuss a possible job at the Trump Organisation.

Ms Zervos appeared in season five of the show in 2006 and was "fired" by Mr Trump. But she remained in contact with him, viewing him as a mentor.

Now the owner of a California restaurant, Ms Zervos spoke about the incident at a news conference on Friday alongside civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred.

At times tearing up, she said the incident occurred at Mr Trump's bungalow suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel, which she visited after he suggested that the two have dinner. "He began kissing me aggressively and placed his hand on my breast," she said.

"He put me in an embrace and I tried to push him away. I pushed his chest to put space between us and I said 'Come on man, get real'.

"He repeated my words back to me, 'Get real', as he began thrusting his genitals."

Ms Zervos said she decided to speak out after hearing Mr Trump deny during last Sunday's presidential debate that he had ever behaved like a sexual predator.

In a written statement, Mr Trump said he "vaguely" recalled Ms Zervos as a contestant on the now-defunct reality show but "I never met her at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately a decade ago".

Another woman, Ms Kristin Anderson, told The Washington Post that Mr Trump had sidled up to her in a nightclub in the early 1990s, reached under her miniskirt and touched her through her panties.

Ms Anderson said she recognised Mr Trump. "He was so distinctive looking - with the hair and the eyebrows. I mean, nobody else has those eyebrows."

She was in her early 20s and was trying to make it as a model. She was paying the bills by working as a make-up artist and restaurant hostess.

The episode, as Ms Anderson described it, lasted no more than 30 seconds.

She said she and her companions were "very grossed out and weirded out" and thought, "OK, Donald is gross. We all know he's gross. Let's just move on".

Ms Anderson, now 46, is a photographer in Southern California.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 16, 2016, with the headline 'Ex-reality show contestant says she was groped'. Print Edition | Subscribe